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    Chevy Increases Bolt Range

      ...Up 21 miles over previous years....

    Chevrolet has announced that for 2020, the Chevrolet Bolt will have a longer range between charges. The new maximum range on a full charge is now 259, a 21 mile increase over previous year cars. 

    Chevy achieved this by making a small change in the battery cell chemistry. This allowed the team to increase range without changing the structure of the battery pack. The change increases the battery pack's capacity from 60 kWh to 66 kWh.  The drivetrain itself has not changed and remains a 200 horsepower / 266 lb-ft unit. 

    Chevy is also offering two additional colors for 2020, Cayenne Orange Metallic (additional cost option) and Oasis Blue.

     

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    2 hours ago, ccap41 said:

    Because your reply to Balthy implied that while there is a huge price gap between the ICE Sonic and EV Bolt because they are not sharing anything that the ICE Equinox and theoretical Equinox-sized EV would share things. 

    I must be missing something because his comparison seemed straight forward and not apples and oranges.

    Sonic -> Bolt - 20k price gap

    Equinox -> EV Equinox-sized vehicle - theoretical 20k price gap

    Do we? They're still making advances in the internal combustion engine.I don't think they've maxed them out at all yet. They're just cracking into the variable compression engines and GM has brand new fancy technology in both the 2.7T and new 5.3. 

    Yet there are limitations to even those. The ICE has been out for well over a century yet those gains have been very gradual and there have been limitations. Examples? All the motors not being made anymore because they hit certain limitations like the Triton 5.4L. It was never going to hit certain MPGs targets as well as higher horsepower targets. That’s just one example of limitations. For the record, I never said there hasn’t been progress made with ICE but the resident EV hater seems to think that the limitations of EVs are damning enough to dismiss them entirely while ignoring the obvious progress they have made. 

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    6 minutes ago, surreal1272 said:

    Yet there are limitations to even those. The ICE has been out for well over a century yet those gains have been very gradual and there have been limitations. Examples? All the motors not being made anymore because they hit certain limitations like the Triton 5.4L. It was never going to hit certain MPGs targets as well as higher horsepower targets. That’s just one example of limitations. For the record, I never said there hasn’t been progress made with ICE but the resident EV hater seems to think that the limitations of EVs are damning enough to dismiss them entirely while ignoring the obvious progress they have made. 

    There are limitations on literally everything. EVs, Gasoline, diesel, hydrogen... Of course each individual engine has its limits and that is why new engines come out every year with new/additional technology, like the examples I listed. 

    I don't think we are at the engineering limits of gasoline engines yet.

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    12 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

    There are limitations on literally everything. EVs, Gasoline, diesel, hydrogen... Of course each individual engine has its limits and that is why new engines come out every year with new/additional technology, like the examples I listed. 

    I don't think we are at the engineering limits of gasoline engines yet.

    I would agree that we are NOT at the engineering limits of ICE auto's. Yet with that said, for the sake of our planet, future health of kids, family, loved ones, etc. it is in our best interest to push forward with better tech and obsolete older tech if possible sooner rather than later.

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    8 minutes ago, dfelt said:

    I would agree that we are NOT at the engineering limits of ICE auto's. Yet with that said, for the sake of our planet, future health of kids, family, loved ones, etc. it is in our best interest to push forward with better tech and obsolete older tech if possible sooner rather than later.

    I always think it is a great idea to continue to innovate and create new forms of propulsion, even if they don't work out. The need to continue to push limits is where there are groundbreaking breakthroughs. 

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